MINNEAPOLIS — Despite lower sales, Supervalu here said Tuesday it is pleased with the progress it is making on improving promotional spending and expense controls, though it may take up to 18 months for store-level improvements to show up in reported financial results. According to Craig Herkert, president and chief executive officer, the focus at Supervalu will be on installing new merchandising programs within each store, touching more than 300 locations this year. Analytics teams are ...

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